AFL-era lineman Al Bemiller named 2013 Distinguished Service Award winner

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills Monday Quarterback Club has announced the newest recipient of the group's distinguished service award named for team found and owner Ralph Wilson.

The Monday Quarterback Club, the business-sponsored supporting group of the Buffalo Bills organization, has named AFL-era offensive lineman Al Bemiller as their 2013 Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Distinguished Service Award recipient. Bemiller will be feted on November 17 when the New York Jets come to town.

Bemiller played at Syracuse University - winning a national championship - before being drafted in the seventh round of the 1961 AFL draft. He stepped into the starting lineup as a rookie center, but was at right guard for the Bills' two AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965. He was back at center the following year, and ended up playing every offensive line position over his 126-game AFL career. He never missed a game in nine seasons.

Bemiller, originally from southern Pennsylvania, made his permanent home in Orchard Partk after retiring and has been active in the Buffalo Bills Alumni Association in addition to his work as a coach and substitute teacher in the region.

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